The Matrix Comics: 20th Anniversary Edition or just The Matrix Comics is a printed collection of twenty six comics and two short stories set in the Matrix universe. It came to 400 pages and was published by Burlyman Entertainment on November 2019, twenty years after The Matrix movie.[1] Spencer Lamm returns to write the introduction.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

This book was never supposed to exist. When we started commissioning these stories set in the world of The Matrix, they were released online, with no intention of printing them. Like the spoon, there was no book, and we leaned into that notion, keeping the comics digital, as if of the Matrix itself. We received a steady stream of emails asking us to print. Four years after our original online launch, we finally relented, releasing two paperback collections, 12 stories in each. Still, we never printed all the stories, or a hardcover, let alone a deluxe edition. So here it is, twenty years on, and for the first time.

― Spencer Lamm[2]


Stories[edit | edit source]

This definitive edition includes all the Matrix comics and short stories from both the The Matrix Comics Volume 1 and Volume 2 and is further expanded by the inclusion of four previously unprinted comics.

Title Writers Artists Comments
Bits and Pieces of Information Lana & Lilly Wachowski Geof Darrow Written as the first of a four part story,[3] aspects of this story were later incorporated into the Animatrix short film The Second Renaissance. Artist Geof Darrow worked as a concept artist on all three Matrix films.

Previously included in Volume 1.

Sweating the Small Stuff Bill Sienkiewicz Previously included in Volume 1, Spencer Lamm is credited under plot in the comic strip but not in the Volume 1 contents page.
A Life Less Empty Ted McKeever Previously included in Volume 1.
Goliath Neil Gaiman Bill Sienkiewicz, Gregory Ruth A short story previously included in Volume 1.
Burning Hope John Van Fleet Previously included in Volume 1.
Butterfly Dave Gibbons
A Sword of a Different Color

Troy Nixey

Get It? Peter Bagge
There Are No Flowers in the Real World David Lapham Parts 1 & 2. Also released with Stray Bullets #2 for Free Comic Book Day in 2002 by El Capitan Books.

Previously included in Volume 1.

The Miller's Tale Paul Chadwick Released as a limited edition single story comic, given away at the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con and for pre-orders of the first printed volume.

Previously included in Volume 1.

Artistic Freedom Ryder Windham Kilian Plunkett Previously included in Volume 1.
Hunters and Collectors Gregory Ruth
An Easy One Tommy Lee Edwards Previously unprinted.
Farewell Performance Jim Krueger Tim Sale Previously included in Volume 2.
Déjà Vu Paul Chadwick Also printed to coincide with the release of The Matrix as a Comic Book Preview[4] which was recalled when the content was deemed too controversial.[5]

Previously included in Volume 2.

System Freeze Poppy Z. Brite

Dave Dorman, Michael Kaluta

Short story; new illustrations were added when it was included in Volume 2.[6]
The King of Never Return Ted McKeever Previously included in Volume 2.
An Asset to the System Troy Nixey
A Path Among Stones Gregory Ruth
Run, Saga, Run Keron Grant Inks by Rob Stull.

Previously included in Volume 2.

Wrong Number Vince Evans Vince Evans only credited for "Art" in the comic strip, but for "Plot & Art" in the Volume 2 contents page.
Broadcast Depth Bill Sienkiewicz Web comic included a hidden QuickTime movie.

Previously included in Volume 2.

Who Says You Can't Get Good Help These Days? Peter Bagge Not published as a webcomic.

Previously included in Volume 2.

Saviors Spencer Lamm Michael Oeming
I Kant Kaare Andrews
Day In... Day Out Ted McKeever Keron Grant Previously unprinted.
Return of the Prodigal Son Gregory Ruth
Let It All Fall Down Paul Chadwick

Notes[edit | edit source]

At the time of its publication, there were only two other webcomics that never went to print and were missing from this edition.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Matrix Comics, GoodReads.com
  2. The Matrix Comics, Based on the Film, Return to Print This Autumn, PreviewsWorld.com
  3. The Matrix Comic News Archive May 7th 1999 - from Archive.org
  4. The Matrix Comic News Archive - January 13th 2000 - from Archive.org
  5. SINGAPORE COMICS & COLLECTIBLES: THE MATRIX PROMO COMIC (1999, WB) RARE RECALLED (Thursday, July 2, 2009)
  6. Spencer Lamm (ed.), The Matrix Comics Volume 2, Burlyman Entertainment (2004), p. 4
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